Mount Street, Claremorris
CELIA Conroy, Mount Street, Claremorris, who died recently in the kind care of the staff at the D’Alton Community Home, was among the most senior citizens of the town. She was 97 and had been in failing health for some time. Celia was predeceased by her husband Michael and also be her John Noel and Tommy.
Formerly Flatley from Knock parish, Celia married Michael Conroy from Mace, Barnacarroll. They raised a family of four, two daughters and two sons.
During the 1960s and 70’s, Michael (Mike) ran a thriving tubular steel business in Claremorris. The products were in major demand at the time and included gates, bar-room stools and various other products which found ready demand over a wide area.
Michael and Celia moved to Australia in the 1980’s where they made their home in Adelaide and spent some contented years in that part South Australia. They took a keen interest in many aspects of life in their adopted country and became citizens of Australia. On moving back to Ireland, they also spent some years in Galway.
Reposing was at Gilligan’s Funeral home with removal to St Colman’s Church. Interment took place in St Colman’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Martin O’Connor, PP, Ballindine.
During his homily, Fr Martin spoke of the times when the Conroy family gave valuable employment in their enterprise in Claremorris town and how they worked so hard to establish the business.
He also spoke of how they went to Australia at a time in their lives when few would undertake such a transition and how they made themselves so much at home during their years in Adelaide.
Celia will be sadly missed by her daughters Geraldine Bauer (Germany) and Antoinette Keane (Claremorris), sons-in-law TJ Keane and Ingo Bauer, daughters-in-law Mary and Ann, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.